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Posts Tagged: freeloader flies

Pity the Poor Honey Bees

Freeloader flies, from family Milichiidae, crowd the carcass of a honey bee trapped in a web. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Pity the poor honey bees.  They have to contend with pesticides, parasites, pests, diseases,  malnutrition, stress and that mysterious malady called colony collapse disorder in which adult bees abandon the hive, leaving behind the...

Posted on Tuesday, October 27, 2015 at 4:56 PM
Tags: Desmometopa (1), freeloader flies (3), honey bee (2), Milichiidae (2), spider (1), web (1)

Freeloaders Never Miss a Meal

A banded garden spider (Argiope trifasciata) wraps a bee. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

If your dog is well, a little chunky, you're probably accustomed to someone saying "Fido never misses a meal, does he?"  Well, those little freeloader flies never miss a meal, either. They not only never miss a meal, but they're never late for...

Posted on Wednesday, September 9, 2015 at 7:26 PM

Brother, Can You Spare a Meal?

Praying mantis eats a honey bee while a freeloader fly, family Milichilidae, does, too. Another freeloader edges closer. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A freeloader. A moocher. A sponger. That's the freeloader fly. A praying mantis is polishing off the remains of a honey bee. Suddenly a black dot with wings edges closer and closer and grabs a bit of the prey. So tiny. So persistent. So relentless....

Posted on Tuesday, September 9, 2014 at 5:59 PM
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